UAA Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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  • How do I apply for UAA Scholarships?

    Visit the University of Alaska's scholarship portal for a full list of available scholarships.

    Get started on your scholarship search now. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

    1. Sign into the UA Scholarship Portal with your UA username and password..
    2. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. The system syncs with your data. You are automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you meet the criteria and the system provides additional “recommended” scholarships that may be available to you.
    3. After you complete the applications, you’re done! If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award email to your UA email address. You can also check on the status of your application by logging back into the system at any time.

  • How long can I continue to edit my UAOnline Scholarship Profile Essays?
    Remember, you can still make changes to your scholarship profile essays on UAOnline up until Feb. 15th, even if you have already submitted it. As you pursue educational goals, reshaping your application will increase your chances of receiving scholarships that fit what you are currently studying. If you need assistance writing your UAOnline Application profile essays, check out our page on How to Write Scholarship Essays.
  • Why should I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

    The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used for two things:

    1. The FAFSA provides biographical information that may be used to help identify eligible applicants for some scholarships.
    2. Some scholarships require that students demonstrate "financial need" to receive an award. "Financial need" is measured by the difference between annual college expenses and the potential amount that your family can afford to contribute. Please don't skip applying for "need based" scholarships, just because you and your family don't qualify for "financial need." Lacking federally-defined "financial need" does not mean you are ineligible for scholarships at UAA.
    3. The FAFSA must also be submitted by February 15th in order for financial need to be determined for UAA Scholarships.
  • Do I need to renew my UAA Scholarship Application every year?

    Your completed General Application will be archived and removed from the system in September. You must complete a new one between October 1 - February 15  for the upcoming academic year.  (For example, applications submitted between October 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020 will be considered for an award during the 2020/2021 academic year.) 

  • What is the deadline to apply for UAA Scholarships?

    The deadline to apply for most scholarships is February 15th. For example, applications submitted between October 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020 will be considered for an award during the 2020/2021 academic year. Scholarships that open outside of the normal application period will also match with your data, so keep an eye out for an email from the UA Scholarship Portal (Blackbaud Award Management system) informing you to sign back into the portal during the academic year to complete additional requirements. 

  • Where do I find Non-UA Scholarships that I can use while attending UAA?

    UAA has taken the time to create a Private Scholarships webpage to help you locate scholarships from non-UAA donors. We do our best to make sure each posting is legitimate, however criminals seeking to mine your personal data are using advanced skills to hide their true intent. Before reviewing our "Private Scholarships" page, please visit our "Avoiding Scholarships Scams" resource page. Any suspicious website links on our UAA Private Scholarships page should be reported to UAA IT Services.

    Another option to search for non-UAA scholarships is through private-company scholarship search engines that allow you to search by keyword. We've compiled a list of known companies on our "Scholarship Search Engines" resource page. 

  • Do incoming, first-time freshmen need to apply using the UA Scholarship Portal?

    Incoming, first-time freshmen *DO NOT NEED to apply for freshmen-only UAA scholarships using the UA Scholarship Portal. UAA administration will use information provided on the submitted Application for Admission, and additional details such as high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, and the FAFSA to make award decisions. Eligibility conditions may change based on the size of the applicant pool. This is a first-come, first-served award and most decisions will be made in February for the upcoming academic year.

    *Incoming freshmen MAY fill out the general application within the UA Scholarship portal once they have a UA Username/Password. It can take up to 2 business days for a student to be assigned a login username/password. Since UAA does not use the UA Scholarship portal to select "incoming-freshmen" scholarship recipients, no exceptions will be made if you are not able to gain access to the portal before the February 15th deadline. It is critical to apply for admission BEFORE February to guarantee that you will have enough time to successfully complete the scholarship application in order to be considered for an award from the University of Alaska (UA) Statewide Office and other campuses within UA.